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Poster: finnobrit Date: Sep 23, 2009 2:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

"For users who chose to upload to archive.org, the email address a user enters when creating the Library Card ( http://www.archive.org/account/login.createaccount.php ) is stored along with all the rest of the metadata regarding the item. As has been noted in other forum posts, all the metadata associated with an item is viewable by following the link to the metadata file, regardless of whether the particular metadata value is expressed directly on the details page. This has remained unchanged."

We know our e-mail addresses are visible to everyone in the world, including all spammers. What we want to know is WHY they are visible.

If you want to show which user has uploaded an item, why not just display their username? That would solve the spam problem and most of the privacy problem too.

In short, why do you display our addresses instead of our usernames?

Also, how confident are you that displaying e-mail addresses in public without direct consent is legal?

This post was modified by finnobrit on 2009-09-23 21:39:45

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Sep 23, 2009 5:28pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

The fact is, I really don't give a crap about spammers. I have a really good spam filter on my e-mail and what little gets through I can take care it of myself. What I'm concerned about is someone getting a hold of my address and using it for other purposes. On this site it is not difficult to connect the e-mail with the user name. I have concerns about how an unscrupulous individual could use this information, especially to post messages or upload certain files and make it look like I did it or someone else did. If I'm being overly concerned about this, let me know.